John Hunt Park, in the center of Huntsville, Alabama, was once associated with the disused airport runways running through it. On September 27, 2014, more than 100 volunteers from Toyota Alabama donated their time and elbow grease to turn the park into a greener environment. Participating in National Public Lands Day—an annual opportunity for volunteers across the nation to help maintain public lands—the Toyota volunteers cleared trails, planted trees, built fences, and more. Toyota Alabama and local dealerships like Limbaugh Toyota support community development and the efforts of individual volunteers.
The volunteers from Toyota Alabama are part of a wider community effort to give John Hunt Park new life. Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle envisions John Hunt Park as the city’s version of New York’s Central Park, with tree-lined walking, jogging, and biking paths, picnic areas, and children’s playgrounds. Mayor Battle thanked the volunteers who collectively dedicated about 500 hours of work to John Hunt Park on National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. has been the national sponsor of NPLD for the past sixteen years. Toyota Alabama president Jim Bolte heralded NLPD as “a great opportunity for our team members to support an environmentally focused activity, which is also a priority for Toyota.” In an additional measure of support, Toyota donated $10,000 toward improvement efforts for John Hunt Park.
Volunteers for NPLD were drawn from Toyota Alabama’s local workforce. In addition to Alabama dealerships like Limbaugh Toyota in Birmingham, Toyota employs 1,200 people at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. This Huntsville factory produces engines for Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Venza, Highlander, Tacoma, Sequoia, and Tundra.